Sunday, November 11, 2012

Stars, Elmo, and Christmas Trees

Hi everyone,

First of all, thanks to everyone who commented on the birthday candle card and Any Hero card. If it weren't for wanting to honor copyright laws, I'd publish the inspiration card for last post's birthday card. The Leisure Arts book Card Sketches for Paper Crafters is carried by Archivers -- or can be purchased at Amazon  -- if you're interested in checking it out. 

It's been a busy weekend. But, I still managed to carve out a little crafting time this weekend. :)

So, what do stars, Elmo, and Christmas trees have in common? They've all been the focus of this weekend's crafting activity!

Card 1: Your Courage Inspires Me

The first card is an Any Hero card inspired by this week's OWH sketch and this week's Midweek Throwdown challenge to make a card in red, white, and blue.


Paper: We R Memory Keepers Red, White & Blue; AC blue cardstock; Bazzill watermelon cardstock
Sentiment: Stamper's Best in Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Tools and Techniques: star punch, heat embossing with clear powder
As with most of my Any Hero cards, I rotated the sketch to make a  horizontal card.

Card 2: Elmo

The inspirations for this shaped card were: 1) a similar card posted by Sandy a few months ago and 2) this week's Casual Friday challenge to create a card with something torn.

Paper: AC Cardstock
Techniques: tearing paper
Tools: Creative Memory circle, circle punches, corner rounder

This was actually pretty quick to do. Elmo's face is a solid piece of cardstock covered by strips of torn paper.

Next time, I'm going to try and use smaller strips -- maybe quilling papers. And, I think I will fan the strips out in a circular pattern around the nose area and vary the strip lengths a little bit more.

It's also worth mentioning that the white circles are 4-plyed so that  they won't bend easily while in transit -- or while in the hands of a little one. :)

All in all, I was pretty pleased with the way this little guy turned out. :)

Card 3: Season's Greetings

The last card is part of a set I'm making for next month's craft fair.

Paper: Authentique, AC black cardstock
Sentiment: Hero Arts in Distress Ink Black Soot; Gems: Core-dinations Nightfall
Tree: Hero Arts in clear powder using VersaMark
Tools and Techniques: border punch, heat embossing 

 Parting Thoughts

I'm hoping to get a few more Season's Greetings card done tonight. We'll see...

Have a great week. Thanks for visiting and happy scrappin'!


Jen said...

Nice cards! I like your last card with the tree and the pretty distressing. :)

Carol L said...

Nice job on all these cards! I really like your sketch card with the stars! And Elmo is too cute!

Linda said...

Great cards...I am not sure I would have the patience to tear paper for the Elmo card. tfs!!!

BobbisTreasure said...

Love how you turned the sketch - really crisp card. All three cards a great!

Karen B. said...

What an inspiration parade! Your elmo card is so cute, and a very clever use of torn paper. Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!

Christy - said...

Very nice interpretation of the sketch and what a great sentiment.

JoAnn Ross said...

The hero card really caught my eye! I love the use of colors. And, since I especially enjoy making cards for kids, I really, really like the Elmo! How clever to use torn paper. I'm going to have to remember that. Also that narrow strip of musical notes on the Christmas card was the perfect touch!

Julie said...

Great cards, Sybrina! Love that you flipped the sketch, this was a good one for doing that I think. Thanks for joining us in this week's Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge!

Suzanne said...

Elmo is SO SO cute! What a clever project! Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays!